Rich Building and Theatre

Rich Building and Theatre (HM1PJL)

Location: Montpelier, ID 83254 Bear Lake County
Buy Idaho State flags at!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at!

N 42° 19.05', W 111° 18.46'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites

Montpelier Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Early Montpelier was well known for its pine trees placed down the center of Washington Street. As U.S. Highway 89 became more popular to the traveling public, the trees were finally cut down amid much discussion throughout the town.

Rich Building

This building was built for Joseph C. Rich, grandson of Charles C. Rich, the Mormon pioneer. The brick construction was done by the Tueller brothers - Jacob, Jacob Jr., John and Christian from Paris who learned their trade in Switzerland.
Joseph was the first manager of the Montpelier branch of the Studebaker Car Dealership with the main office being in Ogden, Utah. In 1914, he went independent and started the J.C. Rich Motor Company. He sold Pontiac, Chevrolet, and Cadillac automobiles. This was one of the oldest automobile agencies in the state of Idaho.

Rich Theatre

In 1923, Stanley Rich went into Partnership with his brother Joseph and started the Rich Theatre in this same building. He and his wife Kathryn operated the theatre for 56 years and then sold out to the Voller Theatre Circuit. The "Kozy Corner," an ice cream and soda establishment was located on the west side of the building. It was run by the Collipriest sisters. This business had a soda fountain, an ice cream parlor and glass shelves stocked with candy. People that attended the movies would often go there for treats before and or after the "show."
Marker Number4
Placed ByGreater Bear Lake Valley Chamber of Commerce, Montpelier Gem Community Team, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, The Bear Lake County Historical Society, USDA Rural Development Agency and Utah Power
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 at 9:01am PST -08:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 474646 N 4685074
Decimal Degrees42.31750000, -111.30766667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.05', W 111° 18.46'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 3" N, 111° 18' 27.6" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)208
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 819 Washington St, Montpelier ID 83254, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. What year was the marker erected?
  8. This marker needs at least one picture.
  9. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  10. Is the marker in the median?